Local Rules


Members are respectfully reminded that practising on the course is strictly forbidden.  Please use the practice ground.


This is strictly for putting and as the immediate surrounds are an integral part of the course chipping is prohibited.

Penalty:  Chipping practice prior to playing in a stroke play competition means an automatic disqualification from the competition.

All members are respectfully asked to replace all divots and repair pitch marks on the greens.


The 1st tee is closed half an hour before Club Matches.


1.  Over any boundary fence and on or over any wall defining the bounds of the course.

2.  Beyond the white posts from the Professional's shop and the paling fence bounding the Clubhouse gardens, from the North corner of the dining room past the kitchen, office and around to the emergency door of the Gentleman's changing rooms and then past the practice green to the walled garden.


All artifically surfaced roads, paths and the Clubhouse are immovable obstructions and Rule 24-2 applies.  Players taking relief must drop in accordance with Rule 24-2 and this drop may not necessarily be on the fairway, ie:  the nearest point of relief may be off the fairway.


All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief from interference by them may be obtained under Rule 24-2.  In addition, if such an obstruction on or within two club lengths of the putting green of the hole being played intervenes obstructions it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which (a) is not nearer the hole and (b) avoids such intervention and (c) is not on the putting green.

A ball lying in a sheep track or in the vicinity of embedded stone on the fairway may be lifted and dropped within on club length of the spot in which it lies, but not nearer the hole without penalty.

A ball on a closely mown area lying in animal dung or if the dung interferes with player's area of intended swing is deemed to be ground under repair and the player may take relief under Rule 25-1.


Please be aware of the new local rule to cater for DMD’s (Distance Measuring Devices) which has been drawn up according to the New Rules of Golf 2012 - 2015:-

For all Play at Kington Golf Club a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If , during a stipulated round a player uses a distance measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his or her play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3 for which the penalty is disqualification , regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

Note: Because of problems over whether a particular mobile phone or similar device conforms, it is strongly recommended that mobile phones are NOT used as DMDs so as to protect players from the risk of disqualification in individual events or loss of games in Team KO events (EG advice)


Members and visitors are respectfully requested to observe the following Winter Rules which are designed to protect the course and promote fair play:

Preferred Lies

In general play a ball lying on a closely mown area may be marked, lifted, cleaned and replaced within 12 inches, not nearer the hole.

However, in qualifying competitions the ball must be replaced within 6 inches.

A player can only replace his ball once, if the ball subsequently moves there is no penalty but the ball must be played as it lies.

If a player fails to mark his ball before lifting, or moves the ball in any other manner, eg:  with his club, he incurs a one-shot penalty.

Grass Bunkers

Preferred lies may be taken in all grass bunkers as explained in Preferred Lies above.

Par 3's

Preferred lies may be taken with the areas enclosed by white lines.

Restricted Areas

Play is prohibited from renovated and worn areas labelled PP.  The ball my be dropped at the nearest point of relief, without penalty.  Also, walkways restricted by metal posts and ropes must not be crossed.

Determination of relief areas

This is sometimes difficult at Kington.  In a competition please consult your playing partners and, in the interests of fair play, if in doubt play the ball as it lies.


One prolonged blast of the siren signifies an immediate suspension of play for reasons of danger.  Three repeated short blasts of the siren signifies suspension of play after completing the hole for reasons of fog or water.  Two repeated short blasts of the siren signifies resumption of play.


MATCH PLAY - Loss of hole.  STROKE PLAY  - Two strokes